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27 February 2016

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My unsolicited advice to writer's and poet's wanting to publish books.

CreateSpace is a fantastic publishing platform. Using it is not very difficult if you are computer literate and have reasonable skill.

The main requirement is a good internet connection and time. When in PNG I find this to be remedied by using a Digicel dongle at 3AM in the morning.

The two key points to address for your manuscript are (a) preparation of the format and (b) evaluation of the content.

Both require expertise, commitment, and appreciation and adherence to quality in writing and presentation - that means getting some editorial advice and assistance.

Two practical ways to address these are (a) participate and interact on the Crocodile Prize and (b) send manuscripts (or excerpts) to and note the response (or lack of response) from critical readership and/or a mentor/editor within your chosen genre, who has a good understanding of writing and whom you feel comfortable with doing your editing.

Preliminary to all of the above, and concurrent to them, read the stuff that gets put on PNG Attitude and the Crocodile Prize.

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